Links Jan 22

How Country By Country Reporting Could Have Made LuxLeaks Unnecessary Financial Transparency Coalition / Transparency International

Are anonymous companies a ‘getaway vehicle for corruption’? The Guardian

European Commission explains how Amazon made $4.5 billion in ‘stateless’ profits Financial Review

Danish mobile company 3 pays no taxes The Local
#LuxLeaks revelation shows the company 3, which has over one million customers in Denmark, hasn’t paid Danish taxes

Corporations have rights. Now we need a global treaty on their responsibilities Amnesty International

Switzerland consults on international agreement to curb tax evasion International Adviser
See also recent blog Switzerland signs up for automatic info exchange. But there’s a catch

India: Not just fine, evading tax could soon invite jail term The Times of India
See also: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley: India has independent evidence on black money in Swiss accounts The Times of India

Swiss banks take tough action on Israeli accounts Globes

US tech giants launch fierce fightback against global tax avoidance crackdown The Guardian
Lobbyists representing firms including Google, Amazon and Apple claim ‘fundamental flaws’ in G20-led reforms. See also earlier blog The political mathematics of tech giants

Avoiding Taxes Can Be Really Expensive Bloomberg View

U.S.: Here’s how Obama’s capital gains tax plan hits the 1% where they live Los Angeles Times

It’s common sense that natural resource contracts should be made public Global Witness

Fiji Gives Amnesties On Offshore Assets, Tax Penalties Tax-News

London mayor bows to ‘outrageous’ demand to pay US tax bill Financial Times (paywall)



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